Scott Maddox

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Scott Maddox
Mayor of Tallahassee, Florida
In office
February 1997 – February 2003
Preceded by Ron Weaver
Succeeded by John Marks
Commissioner of Tallahassee, Florida
Assumed office
Preceded by Mark Mustian
Personal details
Born (1968-03-13) March 13, 1968 (age 48)
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Sha Maddox
Profession Attorney
Religion Presbyterian

Scott Maddox (born March 13, 1968) was the mayor of Tallahassee, Florida,[1] former chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and is a current Tallahassee City Commissioner.

Early life and education[edit]

Scott Maddox was born in Hialeah, Florida and raised in the rural area of Homestead, Florida and later, in Tallahassee, Florida. He graduated from Leon High School and attended Florida State University earning a Bachelor of Science in political science and public administration. He went on to earn a law degree from Florida State University College of Law. Maddox was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order men's fraternity.

Public Service[edit]

In 1993, while still in law school, Scott Maddox became the youngest city commissioner in the city of Tallahassee's history, being elected at the age of 24, and a year later selected to become mayor pro-tempore. In 1995, the city commission chose Maddox as the city's mayor where he worked towards improving race relations and overseeing a large expansion of city parks, greenways, and trails. After the residents of Tallahassee passed a referendum calling for popular elections for the office of mayor, Maddox became Tallahassee's first popularly elected city mayor in 1996.[2] In 1999, he served as president of the Florida League of Cities. Described as a “rising star” by Vice President Al Gore, Maddox spoke at the 2000 National Democratic Convention. Maddox attempted a run for Attorney General of Florida in 2002, but lost to future Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer in the Democratic primary. In 2003, Maddox was elected chairman of the Florida Democratic Party and also served as a member of the Democratic National Committee. Though Maddox announced a run for Governor of Florida in 2006,[3] he ultimately dropped out of the race. In 2010, he served as the Democratic nominee for Florida's Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, losing to Republican nominee Adam Putnam.


Scott Maddox was again elected to the Tallahassee City Commission in 2012. He lives in Tallahassee with his wife Sha and their two boys Jack and Denver.

Electoral history[edit]

Democratic primary, Florida Attorney General election, 2002[4]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Buddy Dyer 457,704 37.2
Democratic Scott Maddox 429,651 34.9
Democratic George H. Sheldon 272,517 22.1
Democratic Walt Dartland 71,952 5.8
Total votes 1,231,824 100
Agriculture Commissioner of Florida General election, 2010 [5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Adam H. Putnam 2,908,086 55.94
Democratic Scott Maddox 1,983,277 38.15
Tea Party of Florida Ira Chester 203,598 3.92
Independent Thad Hamilton 103,717 2.00
Total votes 5,198,678 100.0


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